King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity
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Released in 1998, King’s Quest Mask of Eternity would prove to be the most controversial of all the King’s Quest games due to the inclusion of combat and action into the gameplay. This was the first King’s Quest game and the first Roberta Williams game to include this type of combat. The player not only has to explore the lands and solve puzzles, but now there are creatures and monsters to fight in order to gain experience points. Mask of Eternity would also be the first game where the main character is not a member of the royal family of Daventry (i.e. Graham, Valanice, Alexander, or Rosella). The main character Connor is just a citizen of Daventry that, by luck of fate, must become Champion Eternal and restore the scattered pieces of the mask. The game’s most spectacular feature is the Direct-X or Direct 3D graphics engine where the player has complete freedom of movement to explore the various worlds in first-person or third-person view.
“In a time long ago, magic and myth is embodied in every living creature roaming the world. Unicorns graze in forest meadows, wizards concoct mystical spells and kings and queens manage thriving kingdoms. In the kingdom of Daventry, inhabitants enjoy peace and prosperity under the rule of the majestic King Graham. But one day, the kingdom’s serenity turns to disorder. An evil being takes up quarters in the sacred sanctity of the Mask of Eternity — the global icon of truth, light, and order. With arms thrust upward, he summons a dark spell. The skies darken and bolts of lightning converge on the temple. With a powerful burst, the mask explodes into pieces that fall to the world below. Meanwhile, in Daventry, a young townsperson named Connor is about to become the most important person in the world’s history. As the Mask of Eternity rains down on the land, one piece lands at Connor’s feet. Just as he picks it up, the supernatural spell reaches ground. In a flash, every inhabitant of the beloved kingdom turns to stone.”
“That is, every inhabitant but one. With the sacred mask piece in hand, Connor is somehow protected from the consequences of the omen. Playing the role of Connor, you must gather strength and courage and set out on the ultimate quest: reset the Mask of Eternity and restore law, light and order to your world. Only then can global order be restored! Journeying beyond Daventry, you will visit otherworldly realms filled with unimaginable characters, brain-twisting tests of courage and incredible challenges. But the spread of evil has created an extra challenge — dark creatures roaming free across the land are ready for a fight. It’ll take perfect marksmanship and a sharp sword to keep these from ending your quest!”
— Last Two Paragraphs Quoted Directly from Sierra Documents